President Akufo-Addo has appointed Peter Antwi Boasiako as the deputy director general of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).
The appointment, which is in line with Section 48 (1) of the Education Regulatory Bodies Act 2020 (Act 1023) is for a period of four years.
The newly appointed deputy director general for the Commission is expected to bring his rich expertise to bear on its work to achieve the goals of the Akufo-Addo government for TVET education in Ghana as well as to keep the sector in good order.
The primary responsibility of the Commission is to regulate, promote and administer technical and vocational education and training to support innovation in Ghana.
The Commission has as its mission to co-ordinate and oversee a TVET system that produces a globally competitive workforce through quality-oriented and demand-driven learning that supports national development.
Technical and vocational education and training plays an essential role in improving the well-being of young people and communities.
It increases productivity, empowers individuals to become self-reliant and stimulates entrepreneurship.
What makes TVET successful is the intensity of its focus on skills development: that is to say, using hands-on training.
This helps students and future jobseekers to acquire not only essential knowledge of the subject matter but also the required competences that one needs to meet the expectations of employers and economic stakeholders.
In his State of the Nation Address to Parliament before the end of his first term in office, speaking on 5 January 2021, President Akufo-Addo said that before he took office on the 7 January 2017, “it sounded recklessly optimistic, but Free SHS and Free TVET are now entrenched parts” of Ghana’s educational set-up.
“In a few years’ time, we can guarantee that the basic education for the work-force in our country would be at the secondary level.
“It is a transformational step we have taken, which should quicken the development all around and give us confidence in our future,” the president said.
Profile of Antwi Boasiako
Peter Antwi Boasiako holds MSc in information systems engineering from Lancaster University and the London Institute of Technology and Research in the United Kingdom.
Between 2005 and 2009, he also obtained a BEng in electrical and electronic engineering in the UK. He majored in electrical power generation, transmission and distribution and renewable energy.
Between 1997 and 2000, he studied for and earned a Higher National Diploma in electrical and electronic engineering at the Accra Technical University. He majored in electrical power. Antwi Boasiako subsequently obtained his electrical technician diploma (part II) from the same university.
He earned his electrical technician diploma part I certificate from the Kumasi Technical Institute in 2006 after securing his electrical installation and regulations certification in 2004 from Tamale Polytechnic.
Antwi Boasiako has acquired huge technical expertise in training and experience from work in the UK as a high-voltage authorised engineer and energy expert.
Since February 2014, Antwi Boasiako has worked with Skanska plc in the UK as a technical manager and energy policy advisor. Between September 2011 and January 2014, he worked as an engineering manager for Carillion plc, also in the UK.
Between June 2006 and September 2011, Antwi Boasiako worked at Amec Foster Wheeler plc, UK as a high-voltage authorised engineer. In 2020, he stood for the nomination in the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries for Afigya Kwabre North in the Ashanti Region.